Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

2 August 2018

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

Welcome back from the mid-year term holidays. The weather has certainly started to cool down. It is always a good idea at this time of the year to ensure your child has the correct school uniform. A reminder our uniform shop is open on Tuesdays between 11am and 2pm and Thursdays 2:30pm to 3:45pm. At the uniform shop there is a wide array of jackets and jumpers or, of course, there is the option of purchasing jackets elsewhere, as long as they are plain, in school colours and do not have hoods. We really appreciate if you support us with this by ensuring your child does have a correct uniform.

Late last term we completed our course counselling. By now, all Year 10 students should have met with their counsellor and discussed the subject, courses they wish to pursue going into the future. I would like to thank the Deputies for the incredible work they do supporting students and parents with making what can be sometimes, difficult choices. If you haven’t had the opportunity to have a counselling meeting, can I please ask you to contact Alison Myles (9722 2400) to book an appointment?

Last term our Country Week Team of 80 students represented our school at the state Country Week carnival. In true Newton Moore style, the students were excellent ambassadors for our school and demonstrated great sportsmanship. I would like to take the opportunity to thank our Country Week coordinator, Amber Boyd, for the wonderful job she did as Country Week Manager. This is not an easy task and we really appreciate the many hours of work she put in to ensure students had this amazing sporting opportunity.

Finally, I would like to end by saying that computer technology does play an ever-increasing role in the lives of students today. There is a huge amount of evidence that employers now expect young people to be ‘techno savvy’. To ensure we have the best educated students leaving our school, we are attempting to ensure that each student has the necessary computer literacy skills.

Screen time for our young people is ever increasing. While the internet and a variety of devices and platforms have opened up frontiers of information and ways of learning, we need to monitor and control the use of these devices and platforms to ensure that an appropriate balance is created for our young people.

I am looking forward to another wonderful term at Newton Moore Senior High School.

Susan Kerr M.Ed.Admin, B.Ed,Dip.Teach
Newton Moore SHS

From the Finance Team

Bring your own device

NMSHS provides a comprehensive IT infrastructure to support learning in the digital age. The school provides internet access and extensive wireless coverage across the whole school. It is our expectation that students from all year groups bring their own device to support learning in our school. BYOD means you can bring an appropriate laptop or tablet to school and use it in classes and for study purposes.

Graduation Ceremony

The Year 12 Graduation Ceremony will be held on Thursday 15th November. The cost for students to attend this event is $25, and is compulsory if your graduating student wants to attend. Please make payment for this event to the Accounts office using any one of our usual payment options.

Deputy Principals’ Update

At Newton Moore SHS we encourage teachers and parents to communicate directly throughout the year, to discuss any concerns and give feedback. Connect makes it easy for parents to contact teachers by email and keep in regular communication should they wish. If, after communicating to your child’s teacher you still require further information, or want to discuss issues further, please contact the relevant Head of Learning Area.

Education Council - Nationally Consistent Collection of Data

All Education Ministers from Commonwealth, state and territory governments endorsed the implementation of a Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) in all Australian schools (government, independent and Catholic).

The nationally consistent approach to data collection provides all Australian schools, education authorities and the community with a clear picture of the number of students receiving adjustments because of disability in schools, and the adjustments they are provided to enable them to participate in education on the same basis as other students.


School Attendance – Truancy

Truancy is when children leave home for school, but then do not attend. Children who are truant may be trying to impress their friends, trying to gain attention, or they may be angry because of school or home problems. Truancy may occur when there are learning problems or bullying at school. Children who truant usually try to hide it from their parents.

What parents can do about truancy

Parents or guardians have an obligation to see that their child attends school, and can use the following as a guide:

  • If it has just started, try to find a cause. Think about what else was happening in the child's life when it started.
  • Parents can talk to Student Services if their child is truanting.
  • Let the child know that you believe that going to school is really important.
  • If truancy continues, there needs to be a meeting at school to address the issue
  • If your child is skipping lessons, certain days or certain teachers, Student Services can help to see what pattern is emerging, and put strategies into place to minimise the risk of truancy occurring.

If your child is not going to attend school, please let the school know by calling 9722 2429 or sending an SMS to 0400 207 827.

If they miss a day, it is important you talk with their teachers to find out how you can help them catch up.

If you have any concerns about your child’s attendance, please contact NMSH’s School Attendance Officer Leisa Robertson on 9722 2428.

Admin Report

Consent2Go – new excursion software

We have now been using Consent2Go for 6 months and have been refining our processes as we go. Thank you to all the parents who have engaged with the software.

Consent2Go emails invitations to parents/guardians for their children to attend incursions and excursions organised by the school. It provides parents an easy way to indicate if their child is attending or not and to make payments online (should they wish to use this method). At the same time parents are able to update their child’s contact details and medical information.

Please feel free to email or phone the school on 9722 2400 to provide feedback (positive and negative) about your experience with Consent2Go. We are really keen to hear about your experience.

Some parents may find that Consent2Go invites are going directly to their junk mailbox. We are finding this most common with free web based emails such as Hotmail, gmail, yahoo, live etc. Please add to your Contacts to ensure emails are accepted into your email inbox and not the junk or promotional folders.


Add to People


Add to Contacts


Add to Contacts

If an email has been sent, please search for , click on the sender and locate the Add to Contact option.

Please feel free to email or phone the school on 9722 2400 to provide feedback (positive and negative) about your experience with Consent2Go. We are really keen to hear about your experience.

Please remember to maintain up to date email contact information to ensure that invites are received by parents/guardians.

Email contact information

Please ensure that at least one adult member of your family maintains a valid email address on your child’s school record. Having an email address on our records enables families to access:

  • Newsletter (issued 4 times per term)
  • Consent2Go invites (excursion invitations)
  • Connect (access to live assessment results, student reports, attendance information and easy access to email/communicate with teachers)
  • Email communication
  • Emailed school reports

Please contact Tania Martyn via email or phone 9722 2400 to update your email contact information.

ICT/Technology Report

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) - A Guide for Parents

Newton Moore Senior High School provides a comprehensive Information Technology (IT) Infrastructure to support learning in the digital age. The school provides internet access and extensive wireless coverage across the whole school.

It is our expectation that students from all year groups bring their own device to support learning in our school. BYOD means you can bring an appropriate laptop or tablet to school and use it in classes and for study purposes.

What to buy?

Required / Recommended Technical Specifications:

  • Antivirus software – Required.
  • Wi-Fi, 802.11ac wireless protocol – Required.
  • Battery life-at least 5 hours of battery life – Recommended.
  • USB ports – Recommended.
  • Minimum screen size-at least 9.7 diagonal inches – Recommended.
  • Windows 10 – Recommended.
  • Minimum 8GB RAM – Recommended.
  • Minimum 256GB hard drive size – Recommended.
  • Keyboard-inbuilt or external keyboard – Recommended.

Other Considerations

  • Easy portability-what weight/size can fit into my child’s bag.
  • A bag which is suitable for carrying and protecting your child’s device.
  • Sturdiness-is the device going to withstand daily use, in and out of a bag, to and from school.
  • Warranty period.
  • Processor capacity and memory-consider what software/applications are needed
  • A backup hard drive so your child has a backup copy of the work they store on their device.
  • Price-affordability is important to the family budget. Don’t get talked into buying a device that has features that won’t be used. Devices in the $400-$1000 range are adequate for most student’s needs.

NOTE: Smartphones are unsuitable for learning activities because of their small screen size.


As personal property is not covered under the school’s insurance, we STRONGLY recommend that any BYOD device is covered fully under your own personal house/contents insurance arrangements. When purchasing, you may also wish to consider buying an extended warranty.

Connecting to the School Network

The use of BYOD devices on the school network carries with it certain obligations and responsibilities of the student to operate the device in line with the school ICT Resources, BYOD, Mobile Phone and Online Services Acceptable Use Agreement for Students.

Wellbeing & Program Coordinators Report

Lower School Basketball Competition

Whilst everyone was away at Country Week, Student Services grabbed the gym and ran a basketball competition all week. The eventual winners were Arthur closely followed by Lionheart, and overall a great deal of comradery and teamwork. It was fantastic to see so many students supporting each other and many staff also dropping in to assist where necessary.

Parenting at the speed of light #9- What is Discord?

Age Rating 13+

Discord is a free voice, video and text app used predominantly in the gaming world.

It consists of a collation of servers – large and small – designed by the users of the app, each with their own rules designed by the individual who created them. The purpose is to build private, invitation-only groups. These can be as large or as small as the moderator of that Discord community decides to allow.

As a Discord user, much of the experience had, is shaded by the behaviour and choices made by the individual.

Choose who can direct message you
Choose who can add you as a friend and who you want to add
Choose what servers you want to join
Choose whether or not to block another person.
Choose whether or not control your access to a message containing explicit content.

What’s Happening Around School

The Year 11 students have been joining in with the Year 7 students challenging them to handball competitions. The pace is hectic and the level of skill is high.

Student Services Update

Uniform Shop Update

The Uniform Shop will no longer be issuing uniform purchases in plastic bags.

Newton Moore Stars

Samantha Billington

Year 7 student Samantha Billington was a finalist in the City of Bunbury Waste Truck Art Competition and received a certificate of excellence for her designs. Well done Samantha!

Ella Smith

Ella Smith in Year 12 over the school holidays travelled to the Gold Coast to represent WA in the State Under 18’s AFLW championship. WA placed third overall. Well done Ella!

Brayden Jones & Cody Bell

Brayden and Cody represented WA at the State Under 16 Championships for Basketball held on the Sunshine Coast in July. Well done Brayden and Cody!

Kennedy Tumohe

Kennedy has been selected for the State Touch football team. Congratulations Kennedy!

Year 11 and 12 Honour Certificates – Semester One

Year 11 Semester 1 2018

Jordan Neill

ATAR Applied Information Technology

Kage Geyer

ATAR Chemistry

ATAR Engineering Studies

Shenaye Witnish

ATAR Psychology

Kaysha Roe

General Children, Family and Community VET

Melody McRobert Howe

General English VET

Seth Kirwan

General Mathematics Essentials VET

General Physical Education Studies VET

Tayla Randall

General Materials, Design & Technology : Wood VET

Year 12 Semester 1 2018

Bonnie Cook

ATAR Biology

ATAR English

Aaron Copeland

ATAR Chemistry

ATAR Design

ATAR Psychology

Robert van den Dolden

ATAR Engineering Studies

Zachary Rankin

ATAR Physical Education Studies

Laura Harris

General Children, Family and Community

Chantelle Rowden

General English

Hailey Burrows

General Food, Science, Technology

Austin Kennedy

General Mathematics Essentials VET

Shinae Starr

Certificate II Aquaculture

School Nurse


What causes colds:

  • Most teens get between 2 and 4 colds a year.
  • Caused by viruses and there are over 200 types of viruses that can cause a cold.
  • Spread by sneezing, coughing and hand contact.
  • More common in the winter months due to people staying indoors more and being in closer contact.

What doesn’t cause colds:

  • Cold weather by itself does not cause a cold.
  • Getting wet or cold doesn’t cause colds either.


Symptoms can vary but you may see one or more of the following:

A stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, sore throat and ears, cough, headache, red eyes, swollen lymph glands and/or fever.


  • Cold symptoms usually last from a few days to a week or more.
  • Almost all colds get better by themselves.
  • There is no cure for a cold.
  • Recommended doses of paracetamol for up to 48 hours can help with fever or pain.
  • Let your teen decide how active they want to be.
  • Drink lots of fluids to avoid dehydration.
  • Avoid Aspirin- can cause your teen serious illness;
  • Cough medicines-these will not help an irritated windpipe or lots of mucus;, decongestants-can cause side effects like rapid heart rate, jitteriness and insomnia and antibiotics, as these do not cure viruses.

See the GP if your teen:

  • won’t drink fluids.
  • vomits frequently.
  • complains of intense headache.
  • is pale and sleepy.
  • has difficulty breathing.
  • has a high fever that does not get better with paracetamol.
  • has a rash that does not disappear when you hold a glass against it .
  • has a cough that lasts more than 3 weeks.

Source: the Australian parenting website.

Health Promotion Officers – Positions Vacant

Calling for students who are interested in:

  • Assisting in developing resources for promoting health at school level
  • Developing health awareness and empower students to make healthy choices
  • Assisting to run courses and workshops
  • Producing leaflets, posters, brochures and power points to aid health promotion in the school environment

Learning Areas


Year 11 Physics students have been enriching their learning through the investigation of speed changes using Multilab™ photogate sensors. These sophisticated sensors and analysis tools have provided a more accurate method of recording data in scientific research. The factors involved with human error when measuring acceleration are also minimised with the use of these tools. They have allowed multiple measurements to be recorded by the students during one trial which simplifies the graphing and analysis process of data. Results for their investigations can easily be transferred into programs such as excel for quick, simple and accurate representations of figures which has ultimately improved their understanding of the Physics concepts that they are researching. They are fun to use as well!


Girls Invent Welcome Newton Moore SHS

Ashley Stewart, Head of Mathematics has sent through her reflections on our recent partnership. "Newton Moore SHS is a low socioeconomic independent public school in Bunbury, Western Australia. The Mathematics department has provided the opportunity for a number of students to participate in an innovators club after school on Thursdays. The Girls Invent program has provided an opportunity for students to engage in a rare and innovative experience. This program has seen 25 students (males and females) learn about inventing and have started to become inventors themselves".

"The students in this club have a variety of abilities and some are not always engaged in their classwork, but in this club they are completely engaged and owning their own education. We have only been running this program for four weeks but it has already had a transformative effect on our students. I am looking forward to the final products our amazing students design and create."


World Skills National Competition

A huge congratulation to Kristina Ellem who recently travelled to Sydney to compete in the National World Skills competition. Kristina won first place in the Regional competition held at Newton Moore senior high school in 2017. Kristina competed against 6 others and her exceptional office skills stood out to all of the judges. Kristina was studying a Certificate II in Business at the time.

Kristina mentioned that the highlights of competing for world Skills were:

  • Traveling to Sydney all expenses paid
  • Touring Sydney with the other competitors
  • Learning new skills
  • Meeting new people
  • Improved self confidence
  • Meeting new people and making new friends
  • Recognition of skills

The World Skills Competition is a fantastic way to showcase your skills. Kristina has also agreed to mentor any students who are interested in competing in the completion in 2019. Great work Kristina!

Try a Trade Program

Malaki Winmer participated in an Electrical and Airconditioning Try a Trade program and the school received the following feedback on his performance:

From Monday the 25th to the Wednesday the 27th of June 2018 I ran an Electrical and Airconditioning Try a Trade program for school students to see what it will be like to work in the Electrical and Airconditioning trade and some pathways to obtaining an apprenticeship.

One of the stand out students for the day was definitely Malaki Winmer.

“It is very clear that he was interested in what we were doing and picked up the skills and knowledge very quickly. Considering his limited exposure to the work we were doing and his arm was in a sling his work was neat, clean and operated as planned.

Should an apprenticeship be something he wants to pursue I will have no issue recommending him. If required I will be more than happy to be put down as a reference on his resume and will be passing my recommendation on to Electrical Group Training for if he decides to apply. If an Electrical pathway is something that he is interested in I would strongly recommend that he apply for the School based Cert II Electrical Pre Apprenticeship done at the Bunbury Regional Trade Centre.”

Great work Malaki!


On Tuesday the 17th of July, The Revels (Newton Moore's drama club) participated in Bell Shakespeare's Regional Access Workshops. Students were introduced to the play Julius Caesar through physical theatre which was a lot of fun. We also got to see the costume and prop concept designs which will be featured in Bell Shakespeare's adaptation of the play this year!

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Team – Parent/Guardian Representatives

Newton Moore Senior High School has adopted a PBS framework, which is an evidence-based approach to student behaviour.

An important focus of PBS is clearly defining, teaching and encouraging our school-wide behaviour expectations; Wellbeing, Respect, Responsibity and Learning.

Our expected behaviours are shown in our PBS Behaviour Matrix (below) which was developed in consultation with all staff, students and our School Board. A key component of PBS is a sustainable, effective and efficient PBS team who use data and consultative, collaborative processes to guide PBS implementation.

The team consists at present of the Principal and Deputy Principal, School Psychologist, representatives of each Learning Area, Student Services, Aboriginal Education and an external coach from the School of Special Education Needs (Behaviour and Engagement).

We are looking to expand our team to include representatives from our student leadership group as well as at least one parent/guardian representative. The team meets three times each term for 1 hour, usually on a Monday or Tuesday afternoon from 3.15pm.

If you are interested in joining our PBS team, please contact Gwen Stirling at the school on 9722 2400.

Aboriginal Education

Learning Noongar with Charmaine Councillor from the Noongar Boodjar Language Centre

Girls Academy

On the 21st of June, Girls Academy held our major Semester One reward trip. Girls with excellent attendance, exceptional behaviour and good role modelling within the community were rewarded with either a trip to Optus Stadium to watch the West Coast Eagles play Essendon or a Gold Class movie ticket to watch Incredibles 2. This trip has been a great motivator for the girls and staff are incredibly proud of the positive choices they have been making. Here’s to even better results in Semester Two.


On Friday the 22nd of June, Clontarf hosted the Clontarf Gravity Dodgeball Carnival where Gilmore, Katanning and Coodanup's finest visited for a dodgeball tournament at Gravity ETC in Dalyellup. This carnival was an incentive for our junior boys to attend school and hold their good standing. We are very proud of each boy who participated for achieving this in Term 2.

Each team contested against the other teams with Newton More 2 finishing on top of the table, undefeated by the end of the round robin. The first semi-final was contested between Newton Moore 2 and Coodanup with Newton Moore 2 coming out on top. In the second semi-final, Newton Moore 1 challenged Katanning, with Newton Moore 1 winning setting up a derby grand final. In the final, Newton Moore 2 remained undefeated for the day winning 2-0. Samuel Miller and Jayden Mell won the Clontarf Spirit awards for their respective teams for showing great sportsmanship, teamwork, bravery and kindness.

We saw boys challenge each other on the Beaminator, in a slam dunk contest, relays and a trick off. All in all, a fantastic day where energy was sapped but relationships strengthened. Thanks to Gravity ETC for hosting us, Brodie and Shayne for their excellent coordination of the Newton Moore teams, and the visiting Academies for their participation.

News from Parent Bodies

School Board

The School Board has many responsibilities; one of these is to oversee how the school allocates monies to ensure that curriculum needs of students have been met.

At Board meetings the Board approves budgets, approves half yearly financial statements, comes up with ideas on how to improve our collection rates on compulsory and voluntary financial contributions.

The Board also reviews how money is distributed and helps the school determine how funding held in reserves is going to be spent going into the future. The school Board must also approve and ratify the annual budget.

This is just one of the many important tasks your board members do for your school.


Country Week

In Week 9 of last term a group of 78 students and 9 staff attended the 90th Senior High Schools Country Week staged in Perth.

There were 14 individual sporting competitions with 332 teams participating in 51 divisions, involving over 1,100 separate sporting contests. The event ran for five days commencing on Monday and culminating with finals in all grades on Friday.

Sports offered included Australian Rules Football, Basketball, Dance, Hockey, Netball, Soccer, Touch Football and Volleyball. There were 3,393 students competing from 49 schools and 416 officials attending the 2018 event.

Speech and debating competitions complement the sporting components.

Teams travel from as far away as Broome, Port Hedland and Tom Price in the north to Esperance and Albany in the south and Kalgoorlie in the east.

The event is one of the biggest single sporting events conducted in Australia on an annual basis for school aged children.

The final results for each of our teams are below:




AFL Boys


A Division



B Division

Netball 1


B Division

Netball 2


D Division



C Division

Volleyball Boys


B Division

Volleyball Girls


A Division

Overall Newton Moore came just short of 3rd place in the Tier 2 competition (7 or less sports being played).

Our school was very well represented with all students being great models of sportsmanship, athletic ability and teamwork. Information for Country Week 2019 will be available in Term 4 of this year when students will also make selections for teams. We are hoping to build on our performances from this year and also take basketball, touch, speech and debate teams next year, as well as a girls AFL team and mixed netball.

Country Week Awards


Coaches Award

Runner Up Fairest & Best

Fairest & Best

AFL Boys

Jake Thorne

Tanner Allen

Jayen Farrant


Niamh Byrne

Brianna Gintowt

Abbey Baker

Dekeisha Ugle and Hailey Burrows


Charli Perkins

Jack Harrington


Ben Obal and Matt Obal

Volleyball B

Jaxon Sawyer

Colby Gilmore

Volleyball G

Mitchel Gadzani

Harmony and Melody McRobert-Howe

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